I've added special characters that I frequently use to my favorites, but I'd like to group them more logically than simply the order in which I "favorite" them. Is this possible?

Special Character Palette

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Snow Leopard

For Snow Leopard, the only way (AFAIK) to re-order favorites characters is to make it in the plist file located in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.CharacterPaletteIM.plist

As you can see on the screenshot below, there's an array called "CharPaletteFavorites" containing multiple dictionaries (one by character). Just re-order them when the character palette is closed, save and that's it !

To open the plist, you can use Xcode or any text editor as it is basically XML. enter image description here

(It is the same solution as posted by bmike, but for Snow Leopard. The only difference is the name of the array containing special chars.)


Yes - they are drag and drop in the palette itself on Lion (so that's the easiest for me to get them in order).

If that doesn't work for you, you can also edit the plist when the Special Characters picker isn't running.

The favorites are (hopefully for your OS level) stored in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.CharacterPaletteIM.plist

enter image description here If your editor lets you drag "Item 2" up to "CVFavorites" it will be the new first item. You can open the triangles to see what the favorites are and reorder them fairly painlessly and then save your work.

  • Oops - I went all Lion on you and it looks like you're still on a previous OS. I'm inclined to leave it up unless it causes confusion. Do check your plist - perhaps that is the same on your OS level.
    – bmike
    Aug 8, 2011 at 16:24
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    Thanks for your answer! I am going to give the bounty to Olivier because he gave me the best instructions for my particular case, but this is still a great answer. Aug 10, 2011 at 15:29
  • I'm glad @olivier gave the exact screen shot for Snow Leopard - he clearly earned the bounty :-)
    – bmike
    Aug 10, 2011 at 16:47

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